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Handcuffed man escapes from back of police car in Third Lake

Salvador A. Leo, 25, of Romeoville

A 25-year-old man arrested for fraudulently acquiring a prescription at a CVS was taken into custody again after he escaped in handcuffs from the back of a police car.

A Lake County Sheriff’s deputy was called at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday to the CVS pharmacy, 34344 North Route 45 in Third Lake, for a report of someone attempting to fraudulently acquire a prescription, officials said.

The sheriff’s deputy arrested Salvador A. Leo, 25, of the 0-100 block of Arlington Drive in Romeoville, after he allegedly gave a fraudulent prescription for a controlled substance to the pharmacy.

“The sheriff’s deputy handcuffed Leo and placed him in the back of a squad car. As the sheriff’s deputy returned to the store to speak to the pharmacist, Leo escaped from the squad car,” Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Gurnee Police Department, Grayslake Police Department, and College of Lake County Police Department setup a perimeter around the area.

A resident from the neighborhood to the west of the pharmacy called 911 to report that he saw someone matching Leo’s description. Sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspect near the front of a home on Seafarer Lane in Third Lake.

Leo ran on foot from police officers and was taken into custody following a brief chase.

Leo was transported to the Lake County Jail where he was charged with escape, unlawful possession of a fraudulent prescription and resisting a peace officer.


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